During the academic year 2023-24, the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½. is sponsoring a series of four on-campus events and two off-campus visits to sacred sites to learn more about Indigenous communities in Minnesota and the history of relations between especially the Dakota people and the Catholic Church. Theâ€¦ The post Series on Indigenous Relations Grapples With the History of University Land appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Living Our Mission for a Just and Equitable Society
Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is rooted in our Catholic identity at St. ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½. Archbishop John Ireland founded the University of St. ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ for immigrants who weren't welcomed elsewhere. Our convictions call us to protect and enhance the dignity of every human and to work for a more just and equitable society. We strive to be a university characterized by radical hospitality and are steadfast in our commitment to embedding a shared sense of belonging where all feel welcomed.
The university's internal work on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is coordinated through the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI). ODEI ensures that our work within the university to make St. ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ more inclusive happens at all levels and includes everyone. By using data and stories to measure progress and experiences, and by transparently communicating across the university, ODEI helps campus culture continuously become more diverse and welcoming. In addition, Student Diversity and Inclusion Services (SDIS) directly supports students by offering programming that promotes diversity and social justice awareness and working to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students.
At the same time, St. ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ is working outside of our walls to achieve social justice and dismantle inequities in the broader ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ through the Racial Justice Initiative. Through a distinctive focus on historical recovery, the Initiative creates opportunities in partnership with local leaders and groups for critical conversations and actions around racial justice.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are indispensable to academic excellence and the holistic development of our students. Our university ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ includes and welcomes people of diverse races, ethnicities, geographic origins, gender identities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, work experiences, physical and intellectual abilities, financial means, and all other characteristics as protected by applicable laws.
Resources and Support for:
Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Racial Justice Initiative
Dougherty Family College
Opened in 2017, Dougherty Family College offers an associate degree designed to propel students towards success and provide a smooth transition to a four-year college. This two-year college program is for inspired students who want to obtain a four-year college degree and face financial or social obstacles on the way to their goal.
Student Diversity and Inclusion Services (SDIS)
SDIS promotes diversity and social justice awareness for all students through personal interactions, leadership and training opportunities, and various sponsored and co-sponsored educational programs. We aim to ensure the retention and graduation rates of students of color are equitable, and to maintain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.
Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming
In May 2021, the Committee finalized its Report on Principles for Renaming, which provides a coherent set of principles to use when considering the renaming of a building, program, or other asset at the University.
News from St. ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½
November 7, 2023
Gaofeng Xiong â€™23 isnâ€™t afraid of breaking a few barriers. When the Maplewood, Minnesota, native first arrived on the University of St. ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ campus, she knew attending college would be a barrier-breaking feat for her family. The eldest child of Hmong immigrants, she would become the first in her family to go to college. â€œComingâ€¦ The post Breaking Barriers: First-Generation Students Find Support, Belonging at St. ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½.
November 7, 2023
As we celebrate Native American Heritage Month, itâ€™s fitting to shine a spotlight on a remarkable figure from University of St. ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½â€™ history â€“ one of its first football coaches, Ed Rogers. Edward Lowell Rogers was born in Libby, Minnesota, to an Ojibwe mother and a pioneering lumberman. His mother gave him the name Ay-Ne-Way-We-Dung,â€¦ The post Tales from the Archives: Football Coach Ed Rogers appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½.
November 6, 2023
Transitioning to college is already a difficult challenge, but being the first to do so in your entire family is even more challenging. At the University of St. ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½, there are staff and faculty who understand that themselves, including Dr. Erika Scheurer, who was a first-generation student and is now an incredibly respected ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½. Sheâ€¦ The post Dr. Erika Scheurer Reflects on Being a First-Generation Student appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½.
November 1, 2023
Three local award-winning authors convened on the University of St. ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Minneapolis campus in October to share their inspiring narratives and how they paved the way for other diverse voices to tell their stories through prose. The School of Education at St. ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½, led by Dean Amy Smith, organized the panel discussion on diversity, equityâ€¦ The post Deanâ€™s Forum: Authors Share Their Lived Experiences with Racism and the Importance of Storytelling appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½.